The Nanopore Race

The Kavli Institute of Nanoscience's Grégory Schneider and his colleagues are trying out using graphene for nanopore DNA sequencing, reports the Physics arXiv Blog. The researchers used an electron beam to make holes of various diameters in graphene sheets one atom thick. They then measured the current flowing across the sheet when the hole was empty and when a stand of DNA occupied the hole.

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